LAFAYETTE – Celibacy isn’t the only aspect of Roman Catholic priesthood that is dissuading young Catholic men from entering the seminary.
Salary, insurance and retirement plans need to be updated for the modern Roman Catholic church to be more viable in today’s competitive business climate, according to some Acadiana Roman Catholic priests.
“It’s the modern world we live in,” said the Rev. Robert Fisher, St. Anthony Church pastor. “There are countless other opportunities today for younger people to make a better living for themselves that weren’t there in the early 20th century, when being a priest was a more prestigious occupation.”
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